President Donald Trump celebrated the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by calling it a “great day for Democracy.”
On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he fired McCabe largely because of Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’s report. It concluded McCabe “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”
In a statement, McCabe said he was being “singled out” and Horowitz’s report was accelerated after he testified that he would corroborate former FBI Director James Comey’s “accounts of his discussions with the President.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized McCabe and on Friday, championed his dismissal as a “great day for the hardworking men and women of the FBI.”
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
He added that it was also a “great day for Democracy” and that Comey made him “look like a choirboy.”
“He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!” Trump tweeted.
During an interview with ABC News, McCabe defended his decision to allow two FBI employees to provide a Wall Street Journal reporter with contents of a conversation he had with a senior official from the Justice Department.
He called it “absolutely” within his authority to share information and while people can disagree with his decision, he declared that “the fact is this is not a leak.”